Why A Dash cam?
Why buy a separate camera when you can just use your phone?
There are several reasons. Putting your smartphone on your dash will expose it to sunlight and excess heat, which may degrade battery life and cause reliability issues over time. Smartphones usually don’t have enough storage or last long enough on a charge to record high-resolution video for hours on end. And, if you actually need to use your phone for navigation or a call, your smartphone-dash cam setup may prove inconvenient.
True dash cams are durable, can be hard-wired to your car’s battery, and can record many hours of video, making them the superior choice. If you want to record a half-hour of footage on occasion, a smartphone can work, but a dash cam is the better choice for recording every time you drive.
Dash cam basics
Video quality is important in a dash cam, as it’ll be tasked with capturing detail some distance away from the camera and will need to handle motion well. This means you’ll want to look at a 1080p camera that can capture at 30 FPS or more. While 720p can work out fine, but 1080p dash cam difference in video quality is obvious.
Size of the camera. Some models are small and discreet. Others are large and virtually impossible to hide. Whether you should care about size depends on the size of your windshield. Most minivans have a large forward view, so size isn’t a concern, but if you drive a sports car with a small windshield, you may hate a dash cam that’s too large.
Another choice you must make is whether or not you’d like a dash cam with a display. Some models come with LCD displays that allow for easier adjustment of options on-the-fly. However, the screen may be distracting, and it will limit mounting options (since the display will need to be visible and within reach).
In most cases, as practice shows, dash camera with display bothers driving on a long trip, especially at night.
Storage capacity is an issue you may be concerned about, but it’s actually not relevant to the camera. Virtually all models use an SD card, so the amount of video you can record depends on the SD card you use. You’ll generally be able to get 8 to 10 hours of HD video from a 32GB SD card. If you plan to record more than that at once, either bring more cards, or pick a model that automatically overwrite previously recorded video once the card if full.
Most people only need the basics, but there are some less common extras that may interest you.
This makes it possible to record speed and coordinates, which can help You keep tabs on your travel. Parents who want a dash cam for their teenager driver will be interested in this. Drivers who want a dash cam for track days will also like this, since it provides extra data to help them improve their technique.
Buyers paranoid about someone hitting or vandalizing their car while it’s in a parking lot should consider a to be a must-have.
All dash cams can record at night, of course, but some have a night vision mode. This is usually offered via a High Dynamic Range feature that brightens details. Consider this a must-have if you do most of your driving after dark, but beware not all cameras work equally well. Check YouTube to see if anyone has posted an example of after-dark video with the model of dash cam you’re interested in.
Arrant nonsense !!! LED lights are reflecting on the windscreen and hinder the image outside recording. Never use this feature if You have dash cam with LED illumination feature !!!
A battery isn’t usually included, as most dash cams use a 12-volt connection or can be hardwired to your car. However, some models do have a battery. This is useful if you’d like to occasionally use the camera to monitor your car when it’s not running, but are concerned about draining your car’s battery.
How Should I Mount It?
Most dash cams will come with a mount that’s tailored to the device. In most cases it’s just a suction cup. If your camera doesn’t come with one, it’s probably designed to simply lay on your dash.
Normally manufacturers make a stable, Velcro secured, holder for dash cam, so You can easy take away dash cam with You and put it back when You return.
Okay, What Should I Buy ?
To help you decide if buying a dash cam is the right move for you, here are qualities to look for in a dash cam:
1 or 2 channel ?
Do you want to record both inside and outside or front – rear of the vehicle? The choice is up to You only, If You have some doubts, You can buy two channel front dash camera first and add rear camera later.
Thankfully, manufacturers have been creating smaller cameras that can be mounted in different areas of Your car. Consider what size you prefer and where you intend to mount it. Also remember to choose a black-colored dash cam since colored cameras can be easily spotted and will defeat its purpose.
We recommend treating your dash cam as you would your wallet or cell phone and either take it with your or store it out of plain sight, we do sell low-profile dash cams.
There are cameras on the market that don't cost as much but only come in 640 x 480. It may serve its purpose but, when faced with a collision, it's still best to have a camera with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, so that the full details of the incident can be recorded.
Higher video quality offers several advantages over standard definition, like being able to read license plate numbers from the video, or more visibility in video shot at night. Always take the best !
Night Video Quality
For those who are on the road late at night, it would be best to consider a camera's ability to record during the night.
This means your dash cam must have the ability to automatically overwrite the oldest files on the memory card once your storage is full. This will ensure that the camera is recording indefinitely.
The approximate times listed below are how long the camera will record HD video before reaching the end of the card and then starting over at the beginning (loop recording):
- 8GB card - 2-3 hours
- 16GB card - 4-6 hours
- 32GB card - 6-12 hours
- 64GB card - 10-20 hours
- 128GB card - 20-40 hours
This feature is triggered when you encounter a G-Force situation, such as an impact or a sudden braking movement. When this occurs, the camera will automatically mark the footage for safekeeping so that it does not get deleted by loop recording.
This comes in handy for parking mode.
Lock File Button
This button allows drivers to mark current video footage for safekeeping with just a single touch of a button instead of having to go through a menu.
This is optional, but for those who prefer to review footage right away, there are models that come in various screen sizes.
Optional but handy, this feature allows you to record your exact position and speed while driving.
What are the benefits of logging GPS data? You can easily prove your whereabouts at a given time, keep track of exactly where your fleet vehicles have been, or defend yourself in court from an unjust speeding ticket.
Some dash cam models do not have display, but offer Wi-Fi services, it’s easy to connect Your smartphone to dash cam for live video, video download or cloud service.
Consider which setup is most convenient. Some dash cams do come with rechargeable batteries rather than power cords.
Do you want to install your dash cam in your vehicle?
If you're okay with the power cable dangling from your dash cam, the standard cigarette lighter power cord that is included with every dash cam we sell is all you need.
We recommend use hardwired dash cam installation. If You want to use the same dash camera in two cars – You can always get an extra power cable and dash cam holder for second car.